Spot Sir Andrew Davis April 16, 2020

Even though Sir Andrew Davis is safe and sound at home, his heart will always be at the opera house. Thankfully, with a little Photoshop magic, he can hang out with Don Quichotte, Brünnhilde, or Figaro while still observing social distancing. See if you can spot him in some of his favorite opera scenes and catch him on the podium during our 2020/21 Seasonhis final as Music Directorin Lessons in Love and Violence (Benjamin/Crimp), The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart), The Rake's Progress (Stravinksy), and conducting Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at a special concert in his honor: A Knight to Celebrate on April 10, 2021.

Can you spot Sir Andrew in this whimsical production of The Marriage of Figaro? The beloved Mozart opera returns to Lyric in spring 2021, conducted by the one and only Sir Andrew Davis!

(Original photo: Todd Rosenberg, 2015/16 Season)

 

 

With twists and turns around every corner, it's easy to understand why Sir Andrew loves The Queen of Spades. The Tchaikovsky thriller was the first opera he conducted as Lyric's Music Director in 2001 and he returned to the podium in February 2020 to conduct this new-to-Chicago production by Richard Jones.

(Original photo: Cory Weaver, 2019/20 Season)

 

 

Can you spot the Maestro as he cheers for the fearless (and slightly looney) Don Quichotte? After an absence of more than 20 years, Massenet's Don Quichotte returned to the Lyric stage in 2016 under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis.

(Original photo: Todd Rosenberg, 2016/17 Season)

 

 

There are some classic Rossinian hijinks afoot in this scene from The Barber of Seville! Sir Andrew Davis opened the 2019/20 Season conducting this beloved comedy and continues the story next season with Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro.

(Original photo: Todd Rosenberg, 2019/20 Season)

 

 

Wagner's Das Rheingold features gods, giants, dwarves, and one conductor who is a pro at blending in.

(Original photo: Todd Rosenberg, 2016/17 Season)

 

 

Berlioz's Les Troyens features a cast of more than 120 singers and dancers. Can you spot Sir Andrew in the crowd of Trojans? Maybe he'll tell them to leave the wooden horse outside.

(Original photo: Todd Rosenberg, 2016/17 Season)

 

 

Hojotoho! Can you spot Sir Andrew among the Valkyries in this scene from Wagner's Die Walküre?

(Original photo: Cory Weaver, 2017/18 Season)

 

 

At the beginning of Mozart's Idomeneo, the King was nearly lost at sea; but in this scene, Sir Andrew looks right at home.

(Original photo: Kyle Flubacker, 2018/19 Season)

 

 

Sir Andrew just couldn't help but join in the fun on stage during this colorful production of Rossini's La Cenerentola. If the prince can find his true love thanks to a matching pair of bracelets, you should be able to find Sir Andrew in this bustling scene!

(Original photo: Todd Rosenberg, 2015/16 Season)

 

 

We may feel trapped inside at the moment, but Jimmy Lopez and Nilo Cruz's opera Bel Canto teaches us that music offers solace and a way to connect with each other. See if you can spot Sir Andrew in this scene from the 2015 World Premiere.

(Original photo: Lyric Opera of Chicago, 2015/16 Season)

 

 

Can you find Sir Andrew among the revelers in this scene from Tchaikovksy's Eugene Onegin?

(Original photo: Todd Rosenberg, 2016/17 Season)

Photo: Kyle Flubacker